West Coast Alert


West Coast Alert
April 2008

Susie Wall dishes on what’s new and hip on the West Coast

Put your car on cruise control and head to the charming beachside town of White Rock, where the shiny new boutique is quickly becoming a local favourite. Browse an impressive roster of brands, including Rebecca Taylor, James Perse, Velvet, Plenty and Nanette Lepore alongside West Coast labels like Fidelity, Dace, Mimi & Marge, Sweet Chemise and Sugarlime. IN THE PINK

Make like the locals and hit Go Fish on Granville Island for some serious seafood a-go-go. This best kept secret is nestled at the foot of the False Creek Fisherman’s Warf and the fish sales float. Still can’t find it? Follow the foodies with bamboo steamers loaded onto their laps until you hit this seafood shack that peddles some of the best beer-battered fish and chips on the coast. 1505 West 1st Ave., (604) 730-5040. GO FISH

If you’re looking to spice up your skivvy drawer, you’ll want to have a fashion fling with . Named for the Victorian term that describes a woman who is, well, skilled between the sheets—this luxe but wearable line has a slight sporty touch and leaves the frothy, frilly affectations for the competition. Available in Vancouver at Holt Renfrew, 737 Dunsmuir Street. THE LAKE AND STARS

Looking to nail the West Coast chic-bohemian vibe? is your ticket. Known for bright pops of colour and pieces that are layer-friendly, everyone from Fergie to Natasha Bedingfield have been spotted rocking the line, available in Canada only at Vancouver’s Mantique or online. We love the shimmer anorak hoodie (pictured) or their Lohan-esque tee with metallic accents, aptly titled Vintage Burnout. OBVIOUS CLOTHING

Remember Kate Moss stomping around the U.K.’s outdoor music fest wearing a denim mini with muddy Wellingtons? Time to start your engines groupies. The talent lineup for the first annual on July 25-27 includes Coldplay, Jay-Z, Nine Inch Nails, The Tragically Hip, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers—not to mention late additions like N.E.R.D. Now’s the time to get concert tickets and cool digs lined up in nearby Whistler. PEMBERTON MUSIC FESTIVAL

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